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Uchicagors1998
Provides a concise history of each critical term, explores the issues raised by the term, and puts the term to use in an analysis of a religious work, practice, or event. Moving across Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Native American and Mayan religions, contributors explore terms ranging from experience, territory, and image, to God, sacrifice, and transgression.
Editor(s): Mark C. Taylor
Edition: 1st
Articles: 26
Images: 11
People: 3

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Belief

In the Castello Sforzesco in Milan, there is a painting by Giovanni Battista Moroni (1529/30–78) entitled “Martirio di San Pietro da Verona.” It...

Body

The fact that “body” has become a critical term for religious studies, whereas “mysticism,” for instance, has largely dropped out, can itself...

Conflict

There are many fine studies of individual conflicts in which religious groups and issues have figured prominently (Mooney 1896; Hodgson 1955;...

Contents

Introduction / Mark C. Taylor Belief / Donald S. Lopez Jr. Body / William R. LaFleur Conflict / ...

Contributors

ANTHONY F. AVENI is the Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University. He is the author of Empires...

Critical Terms for Religious Studies

Book Cover Following in the very successful tradition of Critical Terms for Literary Studies and Critical Terms for Art...

Culture

Few terms are more foundational to our sense of reality and more thoroughly naturalized in our everyday discourse than “culture.” It is indeed...

Experience

Georges Bataille The exercise of thought cannot have any other outcome than the negation of individual perspectives. I One might expect...

Gender

Ten years ago, an essay of this type would have begun with a confident explanation of the distinction between sex and gender as analytical...

God

The term taken up in this chapter is one of the most complex and difficult in the English language. “God” is a word rich with layers and...

Image

Augustine remarked in his Confessions that he knew what time was until he tried to explain it. Similarly, “image” is a perfectly transparent...

Introduction

A century that began with modernism sweeping across Europe is ending with a remarkable resurgence of religious beliefs and practices throughout...

Liberation

“Liberation” has several cognate or semantically adjacent expressions, as do a number of the terms featured in this volume. In English alone,...

Modernity

Most of the essays in this book deal with concepts that can be used without great difficulty to understand religious and other developments at...

Performance

Scholars use many terms to talk about religious activity, most basically, liturgy, worship, ritual, and recently performance. Although these...